VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Dakota State trailed 19-17 at halftime at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse Wednesday night, but Valley City State's strong second-half surge defeated the Trojans 59-44 in women's basketball action. The win gave the Vikings a season series sweep with DSU.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 5-16. Valley City State, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, improved their record to 15-9. The Vikings had recorded their 10th win in the last 11 games.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first-half, where the Vikings maintained a slim two-point halftime lead. VCSU shot 34.6 percent (9-for-26) in the first-half compared to the Trojans' 28 percent (7-for-25).
The Vikings started the second-half by hitting their first seven shots in their 20-5 spurt in the first eight minutes. DSU was limited to one field goal during that span.
Dakota State would use a 10-0 run trim their deficit to 49-40, but the Vikings sealed the victory with a 10-4 closing run.
VCSU shot 53.1 percent (17-for-32) from the field in the second-half, while DSU was 9-for-21 (42.9 percent).
Kylie Westover led the Trojans with 12 points and pulled down four rebounds. Courtney Hamblin, Katy Pillar and Julie Munson each added seven points. Pillar recorded six rebounds. Hamblin and Munson each dished out three assists.
Four players scored in double digits for VCSU. Brittany Lehner had 16 points and five rebounds. Alyssa Hummel added 14 points and earned five boards. Katelyn Ralston and Kelsey Hunter each had 10 points. Courtney Titus had six rebounds. Ralston stole the ball four times.
The Vikings shot 44.8 percent (26-for-58) overall from the field. The Trojans were 34.8 percent from the field (16-for-46).
DSU committed 21 turnovers in the game compared to VCSU 15. The Vikings outscored the Trojans 16-0 in points off turnovers.
Valley City State won the rebounding battle 34-27.
Dakota State returns back to DSU Fieldhouse Friday night to start their three-game home stand. The Trojans, seeking their first win of 2012, hosts Trinity Bible (N.D.). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director